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Need one dinner rec in Village/SoHo/Meatpacking please

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Hi, all. I'm a Chicago Hound coming to NY Labor Day weekend for the U.S. Open. Unfortunately, we only have time for one dinner and I'd like to take my husband out of Mid-town for a cool dinner. I did a quick search but was overwhelmed by all of the names that came up. Given that it will be prime dining time (Saturday night around 8:30/9pm), I would prefer a place that takes reservations since there will be four of us total. We went to the Spotted Pig last year and loved it, but (1) they don't take reservations and (2) we'd like to try somewhere we've not been before. Food is the number one priority for us - any sort of ambience/price point will do.

Thanks in advance! Will be happy to provide Chicago recs if any of you ever need them.

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  1. You might try Little Owl, Market Table (same owners), Wallese (if you want more upscale but still downtown experience) or Il Giglio further downtown for terrific Italian.

    1. There are so many good choices. I've always been a fan of http://pariscommune.net/
      It's a few blocks south of the meatpacking district on Bank & Greenwhich.

      1. I would do something more unique to NYC for your trip. There is better Austrian than Wallse in Chicagoland, and while Little Owl would be great if you could reserve a table, I would try: Alta, mas, Cuba or perhaps Suba.

        1. There are many many choices. Is there any cuisine that you prefer? That will help us to narrow down our selections.

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          1. re: kobetobiko

            Anything except sushi, Asian fusion or Indian. (We like those three, but get plenty of that here in Chicago.) We love French, seafood, what I call upscale American, gastropubs - really anything. Thanks!

            1. re: vrollings

              not sure your age or the vibe you're seeking but ive always felt a night at blue ribbon bakery on bedford is cool, hip, and ultra satisfying.

          2. I would go to Perilla or Bar Blanc.